Mandy McFarlane – Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Mandy McFarlane – Meet our Teachers

Welcome to the second of our Meet our Teachers series for this academic year. This week we meet Mandy McFarlane, our new Head of Early Years, to learn some more about her:

“I was born in Ascot, England and studied at Roehampton University qualifying with ‘BA in Primary Education’ with QTS. I lived and worked in London before moving to teach in Abu Dhabi for 11 years, where I taught in both IB and British curriculum schools within Early Years and Key Stage one. After spending 100 days travelling around Europe with my husband and daughter in our Motorhome, we relocated to Thailand 3 years ago and feel privileged to not only work at Bangkok Prep but have my daughter attend too.”

What made you want to embark upon a teaching career? Was there a particular moment or experience?    

From as young as I can recall and from what my parents have told me, I have always wanted to be a teacher and care for people younger than myself; as a child I would line up my teddies and hold classes. I am passionate about teaching in the Early Years, wanting to provide all children a positive and exciting start to their school learning journey. I believe that given the appropriate encouragement, opportunities and environment, all children can flourish reaching their full potential and have a desire to become independent learners. 

What inspired you to apply for the role of Head of Early Years?

With the introduction of a new Early Years Curriculum in 2021 and moving to our new campus at 77 next year, this was a perfect opportunity to lead an experienced and talented team in a changing department. I thrive in the challenge of ensuring we provide an outstanding learning environment and meet the diverse needs of all of our children.  Being part of the Primary Leadership Team enables me to work on whole school improvements plans and policies with a variety of skilled and experienced leaders. 

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

Being able to be creative and having fun! Children tend to remember an experience or new skill if they have a positive memory attached to it. Skills like handwriting can be quite dull to learn when you’re 3 or 4 years old but when you add music, movement, flipper flappers and laughter, everyone is eager to join in and learn without even realising. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  

When I am not teaching, I enjoy keeping busy with my family, travelling together internationally and in our motorhome when in the UK. We are a very active family and enjoy exploring and making the most of the beautiful outside areas Thailand has to offer. When we are relaxing together, we enjoy playing board games and have a family Uno competition running.  I enjoy attending a range of exercise classes with my favourite being Zumba and I ensure I find time to read a book or two. 

Our Campus


BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110


Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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